I don’t know about you, but I have election hangover.  I stayed up way too late and then couldn’t sleep for thinking about the billions, yes billions, of dollars spent on this campaign and wondering how many of those dollars influenced voters.  Somehow I suspect that most of us would vote the same way if the expenditures were far less, but that is subject for another discussion.

In any case, preparations for dinner the day after were going to be pretty simple.  No red, no blue, just the colors of fall in the gerbera daisies and the gourds that traveled with me from Maine and will be used through Thanksgiving.  How easy it is to use the gourds as a starting point.

Tonight they inspired me to choose orange placements and dishes  with orange, yellow and green.  These dishes happen to be the very first I have gotten from the Dollar Store where so many of you find such treasures.

For fun, I put the smaller gourds in the bowls.  I love these little guys which came from a friend’s garden.

When it’s just the hubby and me home for dinner we eat at the bar, a comfortable place to share events of the day.

No matter how simple the setting, it only takes a minute to add little touches that make whatever setting an unexpected treat.  For me one of those touches can be a cloth napkin tucked into a napkin ring or folded in a playful manner.

By sheer coincidence even the label on tonight’s wine happily blends into the color scheme.  Wonder if that will make it taste better!

All is ready, and when the hubby sat down he asked what he was supposed to do with that little thing in the bowl!  I thought for a second and thought it better not to suggest he bite into it.  I do want those gourds to be around for a while longer.

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31 thoughts on “The Day After

  1. I have literal and figurative election hangover. We stayed up much too late watching the returns, and I SO regret it! At least the anxiety of “Who’s calling” on my cell phone (my CELL phone…why are they allowed to call our cell phones?!??!!!) is gone now. I must admit I was none to nice with the live bodies who had the misfortune of having me on the other end of the line! 🙂 I agree with you that even for the most relaxed meal, a special little touch here and there make all the difference. It’s the line between “dining” and simply “eating.” Husbands are funny! They don’t totally get the “just for decoration” thing….but give it time. Give it time! 😉

  2. I had an election hangover, too. My words exactly this morning. And the over $6 billion spent…makes me sick thinking about it. Sigh. Back to beautiful things that don’t cost much! xoxo!

  3. I agree! I thought they set limits years ago and now they just abandon those and it is ridiculous the money spent.

    I love your gourds. Aren’t they the funkiest things ever? What tells a plant to have bumps and layers of colors. They are such a fun thing to start the table with. I gardened all day to take my mind off the election results and played Christmas music while I did it. We had 70 degree weather but snow is 2 days away so I had to do it quick.

    1. Thanks for dropping by. If you could see the dishes up a little closer, you wouldn’t think they looked so expensive. (: Oh well, they serve the purpose.

  4. Ha ha, love the colors and the bright flowers with the gourds! Be careful, my husband thinks he’s a tablescaper now and is always trying to suggest things! Shellac your gourds and they will last until next year!
    Jenna

  5. What a beautiful table, Lulu. Your DollarTree plates are perfect, really pretty. Love the gourds, such pretty colors and texture…..Christine

  6. What a beautiful table, Lulu. Your DollarTree plates are perfect, really pretty. Love the gourds, such pretty colors and texture. I stayed up watching the election coverage too..Christine

  7. You always inspire with such ease and artistic flair. Simple but so classy. I love the gerber daisies and gourds as your centerpiece. Thanks for your emails and comments. So good to hear from you.

    1. If the glasses are not the Kings Crown, I don’t know what they are. My now husband gave them to me before we were married. I’m sure he didn’t know what he was buying!!!

  8. I agree with you about the excessive money spent on the campaigns. I think those guys just like to watch themselves on television. You’ve achieved a great mix of colors for your intimate dinner for two. I love the one shot that you took with the background darkened ( awkward term…senior moment…backlit shot?). Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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